Charles Ives Take Me Home

by  Jessica Dickey

Full Length Play, Drama  /  2m, 1f

Dissonance, defense, and devotion are explored in the poignant and comedic story of Charles Ives Take Me Home

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Charles Ives Take Me Home

by  Jessica Dickey

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 1f
  • Duration


    90 minutes
  • SubGenre


    Not Applicable
  • Accolades


    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Adult

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  • Susan Blackburn Prize Nomination for Best Play 



"[Dickey's] writing has freshness, economy, an occasional cheeky vulgarity and a fine measure of poetic insight." - The New York Times, Read More

Good storytelling makes good theatre, and Jessica Dickey is a damn good storyteller. What really works is her creative approach to the story, and she is two for two with The Amish Project and Charles Ives Take Me Home... I suppose many playwrights could find a story to tell in the life of composer Charles Ives (1874-1954), but Dickey takes Ives and applies his passions to a modern-day father and daughter in poignant fashion." - NY Theatre Reviews, Read More

Like an Ives sonata—sometimes jagged, sometimes lyrical—the an accomplished, affecting composition." - The New Yorker, Read More 


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by Garrett Anderson
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Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


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License details

  • Minimum Fee: £55 per performance plus VAT when applicable.



  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: The play takes place in 1987 (though hopefully no one will notice much). The set should be a simple, open playing area.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


2m, 1f
CHARLES IVES - The modernist composer. Well into the latest years of his life, but full of enthusiasm and mischief and humor. Deeply subversive and humanist.
COACH LAURA STARR - 30s. Slightly butch, geeky, high school basketball coach. Takes the game very seriously. Great dribbling skills. Tough and vulnerable.  
JOHN STARR - 50s. A talented violinist. Strict, patriarchal, devoted to his music, a cold father. Resentful of sports.
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  • Ensemble cast


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Jessica Dickey

Jessica Dickey, a native of Pennsylvania, began her research on Amish culture in order to write her play The Amish Project, which was praised by audiences and critics alike during its Off-Broadway run at the prestigious Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in New York City. The Amish Project is a fictional exploration of t ...

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Charles Ives Take Me Home premiered in New York City at the Rattlestick Theatre in December of 2013. 

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